How Long Ago Was It?

Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,” 2 Timothy 1.9

How often do we read a verse or a passage and just gloss over something of great importance but it doesn’t seem important to us? I believe this is one of those verses. The beginning phrases are significant and encouraging: (1) who hath saved us; and (2) who has called us with a holy calling. Lest we begin to think pretty highly of ourselves, we read these next two phrases: (1) “not according to our works”, but (2) according to his own purpose and grace …

This is NOT about how GOOD we are and should be saved. It is about God’s OWN purpose and grace. What IS God’s purpose? His PURPOSE is to REDEEM those who will come to Him through faith in Christ. What about His GRACE? God is able to fulfill His purpose because He has chosen to act toward us with grace and not with justice. Justice demands punishment and our Blessed Savior took that punishment for us – willingly and lovingly. In Luke 23.34 we read these words from the lips of Jesus: “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.”

Now let’s look at this last phrase: “which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began.” BEFORE THE WORLD BEGAN God the Father and God the Son purposed through grace to save all those who would come to God through Christ, accept Christ’s payment for sin, and acknowledge their own sin and receive God’s Perfect Sacrifice for their sin.

The SCOPE of God’s love, the DEPTH of God’s love, and the UNCONDITIONAL aspects of God’s love are revealed in these brief words: “before the world began.” As the song writer Kurt Kaiser has penned, “Oh how He loves you and me …” Such love is overwhelming to me. Just my thoughts …


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